We encourage all Church members to become partners in the vision and work of God’s Church in Walton-on-Thames by considering how much they give in time and talents as well as financially to the Church.
We believe that regular financial giving is a good spiritual discipline that the Lord wants all of us to develop and that God wants us to be generous with what we have. The challenge to motivate ourselves to give may be significant, but God is faithful and, as we give to God and His Church, we will grow in faith and trust.
The parishioners of St Mary’s and St. John’s are responsible for the running of the mission and ministry of the Church. We receive no money from the Church of England central funds or from the Diocese of Guildford.
There is a separate charitable Trust that helps with the running costs and bills of the two Church buildings, which is a fantastic help. This means that, along with a little property income from hiring out our buildings, all of our giving goes to finance the mission and ministry of the Church; clergy and staff costs, outreach, ministry expenses, training etc.
Even taking into account the great help from the Charitable trust, the vast majority of our annual income is given by Church members.
Why we Give
There are many passages in Scripture that teach about giving. In one, 2 Corinthians 9: 6-15, we discover 10 reasons to give generously to God
Giving of Time and Talents
We believe that the Church is the Body of Christ, equipped by God with many different skills and gifts to use for His purpose and to His glory. Therefore, we encourage all Church members to discern their gifts and put them to good use to develop themselves personally and to build up the Church.
To help people discover more about themselves, their passions and gifts, we run a course called the Servant Course. This is proving a very popular and helpful course. If you are interested in attending the Servant Course, please contact Katrina in the Church office.
If you want to know more about Opportunities to serve at Church, please contact one of the Clergy or Churchwardens or take a look on our ‘Join a Team’ page.